Lugo's offense leads Tigers to wins last week

October 02, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

To say last week was a good one for Imperial High School volleyball player Lindsay Lugo would be an understatement.

In Imperial Valley league matches against Calexico and Central Union, the 14-year-old sophomore totaled 36 service points, 29 assists and four kills in leading Imperial to two victories.

Lugo is one of the main reasons for the Tigers' early success.

Against Calexico Imperial won in five games, 13-15, 15-2, 15-8, 14-16 and 17-15. The Tigers followed that with a 3-0 sweep of Central, 15-6, 15-8 and 15-8, as Imperial improved to 3-1 in the IVL.

"Against Calexico it shouldn't have been that close. It really shouldn't have gone five games," said Lugo, the team's setter. "We started that match with a lot of momentum, then kind of lost it. But we were able to pull everything together and get the win.

"Then against Central, I think we had a lot of the momentum from the Calexico win carry over," Lugo said. "We all just played together and worked together. Both were good wins for us."


Lugo followed the two league outings with a stellar performance in the Yuma Tournament on Saturday. Imperial finished 4-4 in pool play and was knocked out in the first round, but Lugo finished with 51 assists and 15 points.

All those performances are impressive considering this is her first full year on the varsity. Last year Tiger coach Rich Ponchione called up Lugo to compete in some tournaments. This season she earned the starting setter spot, which is one of the most important positions on the floor.

While she is one of the youngest players on the team, Ponchione said Lugo has earned her place as one of its most valuable players.

"I like to call her our unspoken leader of the team. She understands and knows her place on the team, but steps up when the going gets tough," said Ponchione. "Lindsay is very coachable and just great for team morale. I think she's going to be an excellent leader over the next couple of years. I just love having her on this team."

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